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    Where but Louisville could you walk the streets with your undead brethren, try a different way to latte with a local chai company, and celebrate the release of an artisan gin – all in one jam-packed weekend!
    PARTY LIKE IT'S 1926
    Join us for a special evening immersed in the wild times of the Prohibition era, when Louisville inspired The Great Gatsby with echoing jazz and lively characters. The notorious (or, by his account, "misunderstood") Al Capone, himself, will be in attendance!
    When: August 27, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
    Where: Historic Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker Lane, Louisville, KY 40207
    Cost: $10 entry, cash bar and period concessions priced by the item
    Join Carmichael's for what is sure to be a fun reading and book signing!Sara Havens hardly needs introduction as The Bar Belle of Louisville. Her book, The Bar Belle was released in late 2011 an includes her columns from 2006-2010. While Sara Havens is embarking on bigger and better endeavors and maintains her own independent blog (, this collection shows us more of her humble beginnings as the lady of Louisville's nightlife.
    When: August 27, 7 - 8 p.m.
    Where: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206
    Cost: Free!
    This Nashville, Tennessee-based group blends an eclectic collection of styles, and has built a musical foundation from their influences that came from yesterday’s past. They’re a rock band, but with elements of soul, funk, jazz and even some southern-rock, combining genres to make for an electrifying experience!
    When: August 27, 11 - 3 a.m.
    Where: The Hideaway Saloon , 1607 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205
    Cost: $3
    Louisville company Banyan Tree Beverage is excited to launch their three flavors of chai tea latte, and showcase "a new way to latte!" Attend this chai celebration featuring free chai tea lattes, complimentary traditional treats from local Indian restaurants, live music. A Comfy Cow chai ice cream and Copper And Kings ice cream float will be available for purchase, and VINT Coffee will be featuring a $5 Copper And Kings Brandy Chai Blast. Portion of proceeds will benefit National MS Society Kentucky Southeast Indiana Chapter.
    When: August 28, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    Where: Vint Coffee Shop, 2309 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206
    Cost: Free, with food and beverage available for purchase
    Palette to Palate is a collaboration of culinary and visual art that will focus on the visual relationship of food to art and the culinary art experience through taste. Participating chefs will select a work of art from the Speed’s collection to create a composed dish based on personal inspiration from the piece. A cash prize will be awarded to the winner based "people's choice".
    When: August 28, 7 - 10 p.m.
    Where: Louisville, KY
    Cost: $35 and includes 7 food tickets with subsequent tickets available for purchase at $5 each
    Louisville-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. is holding a launch party to celebrate a very limited release, small batch, artisanal gin, Stray Cat Gin. Double distilled in a Vendome copper pot still, the apple brandy-based spirit was made with classic gin botanicals and aged in a medium-char Serbian juniper barrel for 12 months. It is non-chill filtered and unadulterated by any post distillation infusion of flavor or color. Distillers Brandon O'Daniel and Alan Bishop will discuss Copper & Kings’ unique, small batch gin distillation and barrel aging techniques. Only 750 bottles (375mL each) will be produced and sold at the distillery store, with a tiny selection available for superlative bars and liquor stores. The original fine art label is illustrated by renowned Louisville artist Douglas Miller, who will be present at the launch to sign bottles. You can read more about this event on here! 
    When: August 28, 7 - 11 p.m.
    Where: Copper & Kings, 1121 E. Washington Street, Louisville, KY 40206
    Cost: $10
    Join us the last Friday of each Summer month for free Waterside Jam Fridays, poolside at the Galt House Hotel (RIVUE Tower, 3rd Floor, poolside). Enjoy cool summer breezes and the hot, soulful sounds of your favorite bands, drink specials sponsored by Rum Chata and Kraken Rum, great food from the grill, and cocktail service! Sign up to win door prizes for Sunday brunch, and Rum Chata swag. Free to the public!
    When: August 28, 8 - 12 a.m.
    Where: Galt House Hotel, 140 North Fourth St., Louisville, KY 40202
    Cost: Free! 21+
    Come and check out the hottest block party of the year! All your favorite local art and craft vendors will be there, and there will be live performances by Kirby's Dreamland and Cover Me Badd.  Bring the kids for an assortment of activities in the fun zone where there’s something for everyone: great food, live music and a covered beer garden! Proceeds from the Highlands Festival will benefit Irish Care, O’Shea’s Irish Pub’s non-profit that helps individuals, families or local charitable organizations in need of financial assistance.
    When: August 29, 1 p.m. - 11 p.m.
    Where: the 900 block of Baxter Avenue
    Cost: Free!
    Just about everyone has been touched by cancer in some way. With Kentucky having the highest cancer death rate in the nation, the need to find cures is urgent. The University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center has teamed with Benjamin Moore paints and Scoppechio ad agency to create Splat Out Cancer, an event where we can all come together to brighten our community and raise money to help find new cures to fight cancer. Join us for this special event that will not only create a lasting work of art, 48 feet tall and 88 feet wide, but will also make a bold statement about this community’s dedication to ending cancer.
    When: August 29, 11 - 4 p.m.
    Where: , 539 W Market Street, Louisville, KY 40202
    Cost: $25 Tickets, donations welcome!
    Join us for a barbecue buffet, bourbon, wine, spirits and entertainment under the tents and in the Picture Perfect Landscaping trophy rose garden at Oxmoor Farm as part of the Sophisticated Living Polo Series World Cup. The region's best polo players will suit up to vie for possession of the coveted perpetual trophy.
    When: August 29, 3 - 5 p.m.
    Where: Oxmoor Farm, 720 Oxmoor Avenue, Louisville, KY 40208
    Cost: $75 adults, Free for children under 14
    Betty Jeffries will be previewing the brand new fall line at William Deans Salon before it's available on the mobile boutique. Guests will have the opportunity to browse, try on and purchase the entire fall line. Read more about Betty Jeffries fall line on here!
    When: August 29, 4 - 10 p.m.
    Where: William Deans Salon, 1265 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY
    Cost: Free!
    CARDS FEST 2015
    The University of Louisville is the heart of Louisville, KY. CARDS Fest 2015 will be hosted on campus to feature homegrown music, art, and food. Join us as U of L alumni and students rally together for the biggest back-to-school celebration the university has ever seen. CARDS Fest was founded by President of The Cardshirt Company, Bob Muntis, and Jecorey "1200" Arthur. This festival will showcase the very best Louisville music, art, and food, all while raising money for student scholarships. RSVP now for free entry and follow the fun on Twitter for exclusive updates @CARDSfest! #CARDSFEST15.
    When: August 29, 5 p.m.
    Where: Red Barn, University of Louisville, 2301 South 3rd Street, Louisville, KY 40292
    Cost: Free!
    Come take part in the largest and oldest annual zombie walk in the world! It's time to dress up in your best zombie (or survivor!) gear and wander the Highlands with hordes of your undead (or surviving) brethren. It's fun for the whole family - just make sure you're parking where you're welcome and staggering with consideration for the business and home owners in the Highlands! Pre-parties start at 5 p.m. at Highland Taproom, Nowhere Bar, The Back Door, and Big Bar. Walk is at 8:29pm starting at either MidCity Mall's Parking Lot or the corners of Eastern Parkway & Bardstown Road, your choice. Walk ends at an outdoor event including music by Vice Tricks, Nülydedz, Boner City, I Have A Knife, Stagecoach Inferno, Thriller Dance by Terpsichore Dance Crew, and DJ CRASH DDZ . There will be free Ale-8-One Bottling Company samples and Photo Booth, rad stuff from The Devils Attic and 7th Street Haunt, and costume contests for Grossest, Hottest, King & Queen, and the coveted Golden Machete (best overall). Curious about the zombie walk? Read a little more about last year's celebration on here.
    When: August 29, 5 p.m. - 1 a.m.
    Where: The Highlands - start walking at either MidCity Mall's Parking Lot or the corners of Eastern Parkway & Bardstown Road at 8:29 p.m.
    Cost: Free!
    This is a fun, interactive FREE event that will empower kids to discover their superpower to make the world a better a place! It is made possible by the participation of many local nonprofit organizations who share a common mission to enhance the lives of children in our community and help them to become compassionate and contributing members of society.
    When: August 30, 1 - 5 p.m.
    Where: The Muhammad Ali Center 144 N 6th St, Louisville, KY 40202
    Cost: Free!
    Hog Dinner
    As a last hurrah for Summer, Garage Bar is hosting a Hog Dinner complete with a whole roasted hog main course, plus dishes like peach and mixed green salad and biscuits. For dessert, attendees can roast their own fireside s’mores. Garage will be featuring $6 glasses of our housemade Peach Sangria. You can read more about this dinner on here!
    When: August 30, 6 - 8 p.m.
    Where: Garage Bar, 700 E. Market St., Louisville, KY 40202
    Cost: $25 per person
    Enjoy Boyz II Men and Kool and the Gang at the Kentucky State Fair!
    When: August 30, 8 - 10 p.m.
    Where: Freedom Hall, KY Expo Center, 937 Phillips Lane, Louisville, KY 40209
    Cost: $50 reserved; $55 reserved; $79 VIP
    Family Force 5, Hawk Nelson, Matt Maher, For King and Country
    The Turf Concert Series at Cardinal Stadium features award-winning musicians and groups in a fun backyard setting each night of the Fair. Concertgoers are seated on the turf field in chairs and bleachers, which are on a first come, first serve basis. The stage is along the first base line facing the open turf, seats and concessions from local food trucks. Fans will also get an up-close view of the artists as they perform.
    When: August 30, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
    Where: Cardinal Stadium, 2800 South Floyd Street, Louisville, KY 40209
    Cost: Free with gate admission
    Keep in mind that event details change all the time, so check with the venue before jaunting off into your weekend of fun. If you notice an error in our event information, please email to have it corrected. Want an event listing like this delivered to your inbox every week? Subscribe to's Weekender here! Want to add your event to's event calendar? It's super easy: 
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